This Week in Pain: November 12, 2015

This Week in Pain

Recap of recent pain-related news:

Customized Physical Therapy May Ease Lower Back Pain

Source: La Trobe University; reported by Reuters on 11/11

“Researchers offered 300 patients with lower back pain two advice sessions explaining the source of their discomfort and providing instruction on proper lifting techniques. Roughly half of them also got 10 treatment sessions of personalized physical therapy over 10 weeks. The physical therapy group had significantly greater reductions in activity limitations at 10, 26 and 52 weeks than the advice group and they also had less back pain at 5, 10 and 26 weeks.” Read

Meditation Substantially Reduces Pain and Unpleasantness

Source: Wake Forest; reported by Time Magazine on 11/11

“According to a new study, mindfulness meditation exhibited even stronger physical pain reductions than morphine, says the study’s lead investigator.” Read

2015 ACR Guideline For The Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Now Available

Source: American College of Rheumatology; tweeted by @GHLForg on 11/11

“The guideline includes recommendations designed to serve as a guide for patients and physicians to discuss evidence-based treatment options and collectively determine the best course of action for their care,” explained Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH, a rheumatologist at the University of Alabama who served as principal investigator for the guideline project. They address what we [the guideline development team] felt were the most common clinical scenarios physicians face when treating RA and helping patients manage the condition.” Read

It’s More Than A Strong Handshake: Resistance Training Helps Ease Hand Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Source: American College of Rheumatology on 11/9

“While several studies have shown the effectiveness of exercise therapy on OA of the hips and knees, few studies have looked at the effectiveness of the therapy on hands – most physicians make the recommendation based on their own experiences with patients. To address this, researchers at Universidade Federal de São Paulo in Brazil completed a study to assess the effectiveness of progressive resistance strength training on pain, function and strength in people with hand OA.” Read

Poverty Influences The Effects Of Race And Education On Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery

Source: Hospital for Special Surgery; reported by Science Daily on 11/9

“Non-white race and lack of education are known risk factors for pain and poorer function after knee replacement surgery. What isn’t clear is how a community’s poverty level affects the outcomes of having a joint replaced. Findings from a new study conducted by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) suggest that lower socioeconomic status at the community level significantly increases the risk of pain and poor function following a knee replacement. These findings could allow clinicians to more effectively target patients at high risk for poor outcomes and provide support and counseling before their patients undergo the procedure.” Read

Tai Chi Found To Be As Effective As Physical Therapy For Knee Osteoarthritis

Source: American College of Rheumatology on 11/9

“Both Tai Chi and physical therapy positively impact pain, function and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis – making Tai Chi a viable treatment alternative for people suffering with the degenerative disease, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.” Read